Not too long ago, Elisabeth was working outside in her yard with her husband and they struck up a conversation with a passing neighbor who noticed the kegerater in their garage. Rick, the owner of “LoneStar Taps & Caps” asked where they bought their kegs from. He was excited to hear them say “LoneStar Beverages” in Carrollton, TX because he and his dad, Sam, owned the shop. Rick began telling them about a business idea for a craft beer growler fill station that he was working on opening close by. The first time Elisabeth and Travis went in they could not stop raving about the shop, it was still fairly new but it was already becoming the talk of the town. After we opened Texas Craft House, Elisabeth came up with the idea to do some kind of pallet sign for the shop and expressed how we would love to make a sign for LoneStar Taps & Caps to showcase. Rick agreed and our adventure began.
I met up with Elisabeth one night to discuss our plans for the sign. Taps & Caps has cool tables made out of reclaimed wood and wrapped in industrial metal. The chairs are metal also and the floor concrete without any designs. The walls are white and everything has a rustic but clean feel to it. We didn’t want to stray too far from what Rick, the owner, had already started and designed. After reviewing the shop and his logo (below) we decided to go with a pallet sign and use bottle caps as our medium.
Elisabeth found two pallets for free at a local business. The pallets were old, slightly splintering, and thick… perfect for the look we were wanting to go for.
We wanted there not to be any gaps in between the boards. So we sacrificed one of the pallets and tore it apart to use as filler boards for the original pallet. For this task we used a hammer and a crowbar. Between the two of us working, it took us several hours.
Once all the boards were ripped out, we laid them on the original pallet in the order we wanted them. It was like a puzzle and they all fit a certain way. We marked each board with chalk so we wouldn’t forget.
We used a sander to sand all the edges to clean up any rough pieces and to clean it up a little. The numbered pieces helped us keep the boards in the right place as we were both working.
Then we used a nail gun to secure all the boards back into place. We had never used a nail gun before and had quite the adventure figuring it out 😉
Elisbaeth picked a dark brown stain to use to stain the pallet. The Taps & Caps shop had white walls, black logos, and dark wood table tops. We knew this color would blend in but would also be eye catching at the same time.
We used a rag to stain the entire pallet and let it dry for several hours.
While it was drying we got to work on the bottle caps. We had been collecting bottle caps for YEARS because we knew they would come in handy for a craft one day.
We spent some time laying them out one by one on cardboard to prep them for spray painting. The important thing to note here is if you’re going to be spray painting the caps you’ll need to make sure that the top of the cap is not indented because that indent is very obvious once the spray paint dries.
…and more. We knew we would need a lot to make the logo…
We chose a white glossy spray paint to use. This would really make the caps stand out on the rough dark pallet we had just stained.
Spray paint with your hand going back and forth and pressing the spray down in short bursts versus a continuous stream.
We didn’t worry about painting underneath the bottle caps because we knew that part wouldn’t be seen.
Once the pallet was completely dried we propped it up against the wall and closed the garage door. My mom had a small artist projector she let us borrow. We turned that on with the logo underneath it and turned off the lights and the picture illuminated right onto the pallet. Once we had it placed where we wanted we used chalk to make the outline of the logo.
Here is a picture of the logo outlined in chalk…
Then we used liquid nails construction adhesive to attach the white painted bottle caps. (figuring out how to attach the bottle caps was interesting also, using the nail gun caused an indent we didn’t want on the caps so we went with glue.) We used Q tips to clean up an excess glue and chalk lines.
The caps fit exactly inside the logo lines so it was perfect.
The lines coming off of the star in the middle were really thin so we decided to paint those on with acrylic paint. Luckily Elisabeth is the one with the steady hand.
The final touch was a metal plate we had my husband cut to put our logo on. We used the Cricut and white vinyl to put Texas Craft House on it then topped it off with Mod Podge so it wouldn’t peel off.
And… after 3 full days of work we were FINALLY finished! It was a labor of love and so worth every bit of time…
When we delivered the sign to Rick, the owner of Lonestar Taps & Caps, he loved it and immediately asked for 2 more signs just like it for his new taprooms that he will be opening up in other cities. Originally, it was discussed that the sign would go by the bathroom, on a back wall, but as soon as Rick saw it he started making plans to put it up front by the register so it would be seen right away.
We delivered the sign in our new Texas Craft House shirts that we made with the Cricut and adhesive vinyl.
Lonestar Taps & Caps in The Colony, Texas is such a cool place! Here’s the concept; you walk into the shop and on the wall to your right you see 4 big TVs, and those TVs list up to 50 local, national, and global craft beers to choose from. You have the option of getting tasters, a pint, a 32oz growler or crowler, or a 64oz growler. You can stay and enjoy a drink with friends or take your beer home to go. The owner is really nice and the employees are very helpful and friendly. The atmosphere is relaxing and fun and such a neat place to go hang out. Check out their website to learn more about them! If you stop at their store make sure to look for our sign!
What a great adventure to share with your best friend. We laughed, we cried (…well not really, but we were sore), we played, we CONQUERED!